By Michael Marley
It's no secret that the Congressmanny from Sarangani is looking at one term and done. If the prevailing political winds are in his favor, Manny Pacquiao will complete his three year term and then advance to a Senatorial run.
As far as being a world junior middleweight champion, it also seems that Pacquiao's goal is one bout and out.
That's the word from Baguio after promoter Bob Arum huddled with Coach Freddie Roach and conditioning guru Alex Ariza.
"They talked to me about this," Arum said Monday. "I leave the technical issues, the boxing side of it to them of course.
"It's just too much size difference fighting these bigger guys. Antonio Margarito has a contractual weight limit of 150 pounds but he is likely to add 15 pounds with the day before the fight weigh in and then weigh 165 when they get into the ring at Cowboys Stadium.
"Freddie and Alex were telling me Manny will weigh in at 149 or 150 and then not add much weight after that so as to not lose any of his phenomenal speed. But they stressed they don't want Manny stretching it like this after this fight."
The subject came up when I broached "the what if Manny wins" scenario and asked Uncle Bob to peer into his peerless crystal ball. The topic was suggested to me by colleague and Los Angeles Examiner Ricardo "Crack Dance" Lois who smartly suggested that, should there be continuing barriers to the Dream Fight against Floyd Mayweather, that Julio Cesar Chavez, angular 154 pounder, would make for a marketing goldmine matched against Pacman.
Got to admit, Chavez-Pacquiao, does have a certain ka-ching ring to it.
I tried to put the trial balloon in the air but Arum delfated it forthwith.
"I don't see that for 2011 although, with or without Mayweather, Manny will fight twice in the new year. We're looking at a May bout with or without Mayweather. Who knows how his legal problems will play out so we don't count on Floyd," Arum said.
"As for Mayweather, I don't think it's a matter of him being interested, it could be whether he is available. Maybe we'll learn something on his legal status (criminal assault charges involving "Baby Mama" Josie Harris) on Nov. 9."
Mayweather is scheduled for arraignment four days before Margarito-Pacquiao.
"But, like Freddie and Alex told me, from here on out Manny will stick to the welterweight division. They feel 147 pounds is the realistic limit for him and I can't disagree. They know the fighter inside out.
"So I'm looking for opponents who can make 147. In his next bout, against Pawel Wolak on Dec. 4, Chavez can weigh up to 157 pounds. I don't know if he can make junior middleweight, let alone welterweight anymore. If Julio wins on Dec. 4, he will next fight Miguel Cotto."
I asked Arum about continuing rumblings about Boricua Cotto moving to archrival Golden Boy but Arum said such talk is poppycock.
"He's got a year and half on our contract. No, Miguel is solidly with us, no problem there.
"But Manny will fight next May. We went in March this year (with Joshua Clottey) and we got around the NCAA basketball tournament which dominates that month somehow but we'll go for May for his first fight of next year."
I asked Arum, who emphasized that Pacquiao and his entire team are not discounting big man Margarito in any way, to throw some names into the barrel for 2011.
"Shane Mosley is a possibility," Arum said. "So is the winner of the Devon Alexander-Timothy Bradley fight which is on Jan. 29.
"You can put Andre Berto's name in there as well and Juan Manuel Marquez because of his history with Manny."
Then Arum added one more name, another guy seeking not a threematch but a rematch.
"Don't forget Cotto because he is flexible, Miguel can go to 147 pounds."
Pacquiao personally rejected Yuri Foreman as an opponent when the rabbinical student held the WBA junior middleweight title which he wound up losing to Cotto last June at Yankee Stadium.
Arum did not mention the fact that Pacquiao has never fought a rabbi.
Or any other type of clergyman for that matter.
Would a man of the cloth have "a prayer" against Pacquiao?
Michael Marley is the national boxing examiner for examiner.com. To read more stories by Michael Marley, Click Here .